For a classic matching game, this one has a surprisingly amount of story. You take the role of a cat named Tim, who got lost in the woods. As you try to find your way home, you encounter strange modified creatures that warn you about an evil witch, and that you must escape if you don’t want to end up like them. This makes the simple story of a cute cat take a sinister turn, since the grotesque creatures you encounter leave a lot to the imagination if Tim were to be captured.
While the premise is rather strange, it serves the purpose of truly capturing the players attention and hooking you into the world, wanting to know what might happen next. As Tim tries to find a way to protect himself, he ends up in a nearby farm owned by a kind family. Here, he takes up residence in the barn, where the meat of the gameplay happens.
In terms of visuals, the game uses a lot of still images yet still manages to depict some real scenarios. The previously mentioned creatures you encounter are made up of real pictures merged together, like a pig with bat wings or a deer with the head of a bunny. The people you meet in the game are created with a mesh of real pictures and computer made illustrations, giving the game its own distinctive look.
The general color palette tends to be bright and cheery, especially during gameplay segments or at the barn. On the darker scenes with the witch however, the scenes are damper and the tone of the colors more subdued, as to signify the danger and gravity of the situation.
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The gist of the game is to match three or more tiles with the same picture together to make them disappear. The more you match in a single move, the better the score. You can only move them to adjacent places, and if you can not make a match, you can not move the tile. Some stages might give you a limited amount of moves to complete your goals, while others might simply put a time limit.
Noticing what limitations you have is important to the strategy you would want to employ; if all you have is a time limit, you might want to play in a more frantic manner so you can get plenty of moves in per second.
These goals are what keep the game fresh and entertaining as you burn past the levels. Most times you need to get a high enough score, which is a great goal since it adds a certain freedom to how you play the game. More stressing goals are, for example, the ones that ask you to match specific types of tiles. If you do not plant your moves carefully, you might end up without too many valuable moves and having to waste time as you wait for the right pieces to fall.
Besides all these limitations and goals, you also have hazards and power ups. Hazards are a common staple of the genre, like blocked or chained tiles. Usually, the way you clear them is by making a required match next to or with them. A better way to deal with them however, is the power ups. These tend to take the form of an explosive, and they have two ways of appearing.
You can get them for free by making large matches, and they have to be used right next to where they were unlocked. While limiting, it is without risk. The other way you can use them is by expanding the ones the game gives you as you clear levels. These are clearly less restrictive, but the limited pool of usage should make you think twice before you use them at your leisure.
Suddenly Meow is an unexpectedly addictive game, with fresh and fast gameplay and a story that leaves you wanting to know what happens next. For lovers of the genre or newcomers, this is one you won't want to skip.
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